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Health Department is hosting third dose vaccine drive Sept. 30 for eligible individuals

CASPER, WYOMING (September 24, 2021) – The Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) is issuing third doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to eligible individuals at the Ford Wyoming Center (formerly Casper Events Center) Thursday, Sept. 30 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Per FDA and CDC guidelines, the CNCHD is administering third doses of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on or before March 30, 2021 and meet any of the following criteria: 1) 65 and older, 2) Residents in a long-term care setting of any age, 3) 50-64 year-olds with underlying medical conditions.

Please note that third doses are currently available only to those who received Pfizer vaccines, had their second dose on or before March 30, 2021 and meet age, residential or medical condition requirements. Anyone who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, had their second Pfizer vaccine after March 30, 2021 or does not meet age, residential or medical condition provisions is not currently eligible for any additional vaccine doses.

“There’s been extensive studies into third doses, including who needs this protection and when they should get it,” CNCHD Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said. “Our dedicated staff is ready and excited to administer this layer of defense to the members of our community who need it most,” she said.

To receive a third dose, enter through Gate 1 of the Ford Wyoming Center parking lot Thursday, Sept. 30 from 11:00-6:00 for a drive-through vaccination clinic. CNCHD staff will administer vaccines to individuals in their cars. Please bring ID, vaccine card and insurance information, if available. Third doses are free to individuals and insurance is not required.

Third doses will be issued on a first come, first served basis at this event. Third dose appointments are not available, and there is no waitlist at this time. Additional third dose vaccination events will be announced next week, along with more information on when other groups, including younger individuals with underlying medical conditions as well as
individuals with who face occupational hazard like health care workers and first responders, will be eligible for third doses of Pfizer.

“We know there’s been a lot of public confusion around third doses, but the FDA and CDC have scrupulously examined data, and as everyone knows all too well, COVID changes frequently,” Bloom said. “We’re rolling out third doses carefully, and vaccines remain our strongest protection against COVID, especially as it continues to surge across Wyoming,” Bloom said.

COVID tests as well as first and second doses of all COVID vaccines are available for free Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30 at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, located at 475 S. Spruce Street.